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Running in Bangkok – Lumpini Park and environs

So way back in the beginning of March I went up to Bangkok for a four day seminar for work.  We stayed right in the heart of downtown at the very fancy Hyatt Grand Erawan Hotel.  I actually managed to squeeze out enough motivation to do a couple workouts while I was up there and one of them was a run down to and around Lumpini Park.

I’ve been to Bangkok a bunch of times and I’ve walked around or through Lumpini at least twice for sightseeing purposes.  It is always full of people exercising (running, biking, walking, weight training, fitness circuits, and more) so I was really excited that the Hyatt was just up the road from Lumpini.  So one evening after training I laced up my sneaks and headed out with my camera.

(Note: This post is just a sight seeing expedition with all the interesting pictures I took on the run.  I posted the actual workout data back on the day of the run in this post.)

Here’s a close up satellite shot of the park:

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Workout for Saturday, 20 April

Went for another bike ride on Saturday.  I did the exact same loop as last weekend except that at the north end of the back straightaway I extended out to the north to see what was there and then stopped at a different convenience store at the turnaround.

Unfortunately what I found was that my quiet, rolling rural highway turns into a major commercial and industrial artery about a mile above my programmed left turn.  I’ll have to do some more map and car recons to find a nicer extension to this route or possibly a new, longer loop course.

This time I did remember to charge and bring my camera.  The photos don’t do justice to the scenery but I’ll include them at the end to give a feeling for the route.

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Self portrait (also known as the “last known photo” in extreme cases . . .).  The jersey was a birthday present from Twin Six.  It’s called The Brew Pub.  The back has a really cool chain ring insignia on it.


Nutrition.  I ran out of peanut butter so I was using a weired PB-combined-with-chocolate-spread-thing.  It was . . . okay.  Not as good as PB & Nutella.


Route starts out following the shore of Mabprachan Reservoir. . .

More after the jump . . .

Jomtien Beach run in pictures

On Sunday (?) I decided to mix things up a little bit and try a different run route.  Unfortunately I picked a busy beachfront road on a holiday weekend because I lack common sense and critical thinking skills.  The traffic – both vehicular and pedestrian – and the fact that I was stopping to snap pictures really kept me from getting into a good rhythm and the run felt way harder than it should have.  In fact I only did ~45 minutes of what was going to be a 60-minute run.

The search for a decent run route anywhere near my home continues.  As a reminder here is the map shot fromGarmin Connect of the route:Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 11.14.17 PM

This run (red route) was along a beach that is south of the beach road where I start 99.9% of my run routes (green arrow and circle).

Here are a few pics I snapped along the way (click on any picture for a larger version . . . I think.  I’m still learning how this blog platform works . . .).

The beaches in Pattaya are completely overrun with powerboats and jet skis.  Some of the power boats take passengers to the offshore islands but a lot of them tow these inflatable tubes behind them and make sharp turns to dump their riders.  They are wildly popular.


Usually there are 6-8 people per banana thingy.


Mobile food vendors are everywhere in Pattaya but especially along the beach front roads.  This set up – a charcoal grill sidecar bolted onto a two-stroke scooter is the most common.  It’s the New-York-City-hot-dog-cart of Thailand.  This guy was selling balls of meat and dried cuttlefish.  Both are very common and popular street food in Pattaya.



Now these guys are the high end food trucks of Thailand.  I don’t know how they’d fare on The Great Food Truck Race but they prep and cook while they’re moving and sell just about the freshest seafood you can get, among other things.



This is how they get all the power boats and jet skis in and out of the water.  That tractor pulls them up and then starts double and triple parking the trailered watercraft along the main beach access road until their owners are good and ready to take them away.  Traffic in Thailand is a little frustrating.


These are small fishing boats.  Usually one or two man operations they troll around offshore and sell most of their catch to the restaurants and mobile food carts and trucks right along the beach.


This Mad Max looking thing is how they haul the fishing boats up onto the beach.  The picture doesn’t show it well but that’s a Kubota diesel engine rigged to a winching wheel that has a one inch hawser on it.  The run the rope down to the water, hook it to the bow of the boat and let ‘er rip until the boat is up against the sea wall.  Oh, and the whole diesel engine-winch thingamajig is built onto a Honda scooter sidecar.  I should have grabbed a picture from the other side too but I was on the move.


Finally, here’s a lovely self portrait, taken at arms length and in full stride.  I clearly need to focus on keeping my mouth shut during self portrait time.